From today GA pilots flying in the UK have a new must have guide for their pre-flight planning and virtual flight bag. The CAA's Skyway Code is designed to provide private pilots with easy, quick access to key information.

Available at www.caa.co.uk/skywaycode the new online guide condenses the 'must know' information on UK GA flying into 150 pages of information and graphics in an easy to navigate PDF. Areas covered include:

  • Pilot responsibilities
  • Pre-flight checks and flight planning
  • Airspace rules and regulations
  • Using aerodromes
  • Risks and emergencies
  • Flying outside the UK
  • Links to useful safety and regulatory resources

The guide includes illustrations throughout and has been limited to key useful information. As well as covering the regulations it includes examples of radio phraseology, tables to work out crosswind components and ground marshalling signals.

Ed Bellamy of the CAA's General Aviation Unit has overseen development of the code. He said: “We wanted the Skyway Code to be something that GA pilots, new or experienced, would find useful. Rather than include every bit of information available we've focused on what a pilot most needs to know - primarily aircraft operations and airspace, with a strong emphasis on the practicalities of VFR flying."

The guide will be updated annually with other key updates and amendments available on the CAA website at www.caa.co.uk/skywaycode. It can be viewed online or downloaded for later use. Comments and suggestions over the content of the guide are welcome and can be sent to GA@caa.co.uk - please use the subject line 'Skyway Code'.

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About the CAA

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